John Bramston (priest)

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John Bramston (12 May 1802 – 13 November 1889)[1] was Dean of Winchester (1872–1883).

He was the younger son of Thomas Gardiner Bramston, who owned Skreens estate in Roxwell, Essex and was a member of Parliament for Essex, and the younger brother of Thomas William Bramston, who inherited Skreens and was an MP for South Essex.[1] He was also a descendant of his namesakes Sir John Bramston, the elder and the latter's son Sir John Bramston, the younger.[2]

He went to Oriel College, Oxford and graduated with a B.A. in 1823. He became vicar of Great Baddow, Essex in 1831 and vicar of Witham in 1840. He became Dean of Winchester in October 1872 and resigned the post in 1883.[3]

He married Clarissa Sandford Trant in 1832; she died in 1844. He remarried Anna Hanbury in 1846.[1] His daughter Anna founded Winchester High School, now known as St Swithun's School.[4]


  1. ^ a b c The Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval (1911). The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: The Mortimer-Percy Volume. London. p. 531. 
  2. ^ The Autobiography of Sir John Bramston, K.B., of Skreens, in the Hundred of Chelmsford; now first printed from the original MS. in the possession of his lineal descendant Thomas William Bramston, Esq. London: The Camden Society. 1845. Preface, pp. vi–viii, xix. 
  3. ^  Cooper, Thompson (1884). "Bramston, John". Men of the Time (eleventh ed.). London: George Routledge & Sons. p. 162. 
  4. ^ St Swithun's School - History
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Garnier
Dean of Winchester
1872 – 1883
Succeeded by
George William Kitchin